Families had an emotional reunion when members of the National Guard returned in Windsor Locks Friday.
The group was deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan to conduct rotary wing maintenance.
The service members are based out of Groton and returned after being away for nearly a year.
Seargent Brian McGugan of Mystic said his family helped him get through the long experience.
"I had tons of support back home the whole time, looking over my house, my son so it went real smooth back home," said McGugan.
Seargent Sabrina Summit said that although she had been talking with her family through screen, it isn't the same as seeing them in person.
"Talking to someone through a screen is different than holding them, kissing them or just being in their presence," said Summit.
Although they are finally back with their families, hundreds more will have to say goodbye soon.
The Connecticut National Guard is expected to deploy 400 service men and women to the Middle East later this year.
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